Nearly 270,000 residents call Madison County home and it’s no wonder why. From the rocky bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River crowned by the Clark Bridge, gold and glittering in the setting sun, to the soft, sweeping prairies of rural Madison County, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views.
Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the farmers’ market and enjoying a glass of wine from the porch of your cozy, riverside B&B, exploring the local orchards, parks and festivals with your family or trying out one of the award-winning restaurants before hitting the lively nightlife scene—Madison County truly has something for everyone.
While Indians had settled in the area for centuries, it was French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, who first wrote about the area that is now Madison County during their exploratory trip down the Mississippi River in the late 1600s. The land was officially founded in 1812, by young politician and Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards.
The county was named after President James Madison. It covers 741 square miles of wooded hillsides, open prairies, rushing creeks and rivers and thriving communities.